Wayne Roberts is one of the most famous and influential graffiti artists to have emerged from the rich urban art pool of New York in the 70’s but he was also an avid cannabis smoker. In the late 60s, Roberts fell into a deep relationship with weed, smoking up to 30 grams per week. His enthusiastic consumption earned him the nickname STAYHIGH.
Working as a messenger on Wall Street at the time when the Internet did not exist, when important messages and press releases had to be physically sent, Roberts spent his days crisscrossing the vast metro system. It was on board the subway one day that he discovered the pioneers of the emerging world of urban art: PRAY, TAKI 183 and JOE 182. Within those tags he found inspiration, and soon thereafter he joined the movement. In 1971, he transformed his nickname STAYHIGH into his alias and attacked his neighborhood in the Bronx. The next year, he added his street number to his tag (following the nascent tradition of graffiti artists): the- rein the mythical STAYHIGH 149 was born. Finally, Roberts adds the finishing touch to what would become one of the most popular tags in the world: a matchstick man smoking a spliff (inspired by the logo of the popular American television series of the time, The Saint). By tagging everywhere and anywhere, his reputation exploded, and STAYHIGH 149 became a reference in the world of urban art.
But STAYHIGH was not the only artist influenced by the consumption of weed, far from it. A number of graffiti and street artists of all kinds incorporate cannabis references within their creations.
With this special bond shared between cannabis and urban art, Sensi Seeds wanted to further explore this connection, and a few months ago they decided to launch a contest focused on the mixture of these two cultures. Thus, the Sensi Seeds Cannabis Art Contest was born with the intention to honor the connection between cannabis and art. A noble mission.
Participating was simple. One simply had to send a photo mixing art and cannabis using the hashtag #sensiseedsart on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or the official Sensi Seeds page.
This initiative was a tremendous success; Sensi Seeds managed to attract friends and creative supporters from a variety of fields. The selection of finalists was difficult to decide on with all the talent, originality and diversity of mediums used by over 275 participants! The three winners were finally announced : From the top to bottom of the podium the winners were Smoka BBQ, Nasca and Riot 1394, who were able to share seeds, clothing and accessories Sensi Seeds. Smoka BBQ even won a flight for two from Amsterdam, accommodation included!
Always fighting to defend the interests of consumers of cannabis and highlight all the benefits of this consumption, directly and indirectly, Sensi Seeds was able, via Cannabis Art Contest, to demonstrate the creativity cannabis enthusiasts are capable of. The cannabis community proved its capability of creativity with this contest and we eagerly await the next one! So stay on the lookout on all Sensi Seeds accounts for upcoming information on the next contest! Don’t miss out!